Teen Drug Slang and Helping Them Through Addiction

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Teen drug slang is often used to make the distribution and usage of prescription or street drugs less noticeable. This sometimes is a challenge, but staying informed will help your family, school and community. Our addiction treatment center in South Florida also has ways to help teens recover from addiction in a way that can be a permanent solution. 

Common Drug Terms Used by Teens 

Some of the same nicknames for drugs used now are the same teen drug slang used 20, 30 or even 40 or 50 years ago. However, you may also have heard some new words for illegal or prescription drugs and haven’t even realized it. The following is a list of drug terms used by adolescents. Keep in mind there may also be other names used besides these examples. 

Opioids – One of the most commonly abused prescription drugs is OxyContin, which is a popular brand of oxycodone. Nicknames for this include 40s or 80s, hillbilly heroin, kickers, blues or OC. Fentanyl is another opioid that is often called China girl/town, tango and cash, friends, goodfellas or jackpot. Heroin, an illegal street drug, is often referred to as white horse, brown sugar, black stuff, tar or China white. Vicodin is often called vikes, tabs, lorries or Watsons, and Codeine is typically nicknamed syrup, purple drank, doors, fours or loads. 

Benzodiazepines (Benzos) – Xanax is one of the most popular used by teens, and common drug names for this include Z-bar, zannies, french fries or bricks. They also maybe would use valium, which is known as eggs, blues, vallies or moggies or would take Klonopin known as K, K-pin or super valium. 

Methamphetamines – The only legal form of this is the ingredient used in ADHD medication. Otherwise, it is made into a crystalline or powdery substance known as crystal meth. Names for it include tina, ice, glass or pookie. 

Stimulants – The use of Ritalin is currently on the rise. This medication normally used for people with ADHD is also called rids, ritties, vitamin R, kiddy coke, diet coke or study buddies. Adderall is also a very popular drug nicknamed red pep/dexies, bennies, black beauties, wake-ups, truck drivers or copilots. The illegal street drug cocaine also is a substance with many names: blow, powder, line, pump, rail, candy, flake or yeyo. 

Addiction Recovery for South Florida Youth

Teens using any one of the above categories of opioids, benzos, stimulants or street drugs – or any other controlled substance not listed — may have a unique chance. In addition to any specialized treatment they might currently receive, they also could possibly be placed in our Pompano rehab center

Concerning the prognosis of addiction, teens who attend here are said to be more likely to still be off drugs six months after being first surveyed. The enrolled typically have therapy sessions and attend AA meetings, among other treatment methods. Contact us today to learn how First Step can help your family get away from an addiction that feels like it’s controlling so much of your life.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.